CASUAL MEETING: Ex-servicemen (from left) Shannen Mitchell, Col Gill, David Francis and Scott Seccombe.
CASUAL MEETING: Ex-servicemen (from left) Shannen Mitchell, Col Gill, David Francis and Scott Seccombe.

Coffee Club bringing veterans together

COMING back to civilian life can be isolating for ex-servicemen, but a Coffs Harbour group is bringing people from the defence force family back together.

When Scott Seccombe discovered the RSL and Department of Veterans' Affairs were having trouble engaging ex-servicemen in their programs, he decided to put together sessions to provide information about support.

"We tried a couple of formal or semi-formal occasions and got a lukewarm response," Mr Seccombe said.

"So we just decided to start a coffee club and it's just taken off from there."

Each week the group meets for a chat at Piccolo To Go cafe - owned by a veteran of peacekeeping operations in Namibia.

Mr Seccombe said some ex-servicemen believed they weren't "worthy" to march on Anzac Day or receive entitlements because they hadn't served overseas.

He said the RSL was working to change this belief and the Coffs Harbour sub-branch was giving his group enormous support.

"I'm a Bosnia veteran. We've got Afghanistan veterans, Timor veterans, Solomon Islands veterans and every ex-serviceman is more than welcome," he said.

"Everyone that's worn a uniform has served this country, whether they've served five years or 25 years."

If interested in the group, email Scott on mncexg@gmail.com.



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